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Posted at 07:45 AM ET, 04/10/2011

Morning Bits

So much for “Boehner vs. the Tea Party.” Success makes one popular:“We have agreed to an historic amount of cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year, as well as a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown while we get that agreement through both houses and to the president. We will cut $78.5 billion below the president’s 2011 budget proposal, and we have reached an agreement on the policy riders. In the meantime, we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running through Thursday. That short-term bridge will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings.”

So much for over-caffeinated aides. On the floor Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) didn’t harp on the Planned Parenthood issue and threw his support to House Speaker John Boehner. Bravo. A sample: “Speaker Boehner has done everything he can to try to work with all parties here to responsibly keep the government going and at the same time to recognize we cannot keep this reckless spending the president has been doing the last couple of years.”

So much for Assad “the reformer”: “Protests erupted across Syria against the rule of President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, and sources said at least 22 people were killed in the southern city of Deraa, the cradle of unrest challenging his 11-year rule. In the east, thousands of ethnic Kurds demonstrated for reform despite the president’s offer this week to ease rules which bar many Kurds from citizenship, activists said.”

So much for the teachers union: House Speaker John Boehner saves the D.C. voucher program.

So much for his “historic achievement.” The deal includes this on Obamacare: “The agreement will generate new tools for the fight to repeal Obamacare by requiring numerous studies that will force the Obama administration to reveal the true impact of the law’s mandates, including a study of how individuals and families will see increased premiums as a result of certain Obamacare mandates; a full audit of all the waivers that the Obama administration has given to firms and organizations — including unions — who can’t meet the new annual coverage limits; a full audit of what’s happening with the comparative effectiveness research funding that was in Obamacare and the president’s failed “stimulus” spending bill; and a report on all of the contractors who have been hired to implement the law and the costs to taxpayers of such contracts.”

So much for bowing and scraping before Chinese despots. “The Obama administration has occasionally been accused of being soft on the issue of human rights in China. But the State Department pulled no punches in criticizing China’s ever-worsening behavior on human rights in a new report issued on Friday.” Now let’s develop a coherent policy to address this.

So much for the “extreme” budget of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). Yuval Levin explains: “On the contrary, underlying the Ryan budget is a vision of security and stability, of gradual reform of the welfare state in the face of changing circumstances. The document is full of calls to save the social safety net and ‘[fulfill] the mission of health and retirement security for all Americans.’ Its basic aim is to avoid sudden or radical breaks, because predictability and security are essential both for enabling growth and for instilling confidence in consumers, producers, investors and creditors. This explains, for instance, why this supposed embodiment of conservative extremism doesn’t fully balance the budget for two decades. . . . His transformation of Medicare aims to allow those who have made long-term plans around certain expectations to keep those plans, and to allow others to make their own plans around the new arrangement. The 10-year lag is thus a crucial part of the reform, and the clock must start soon because waiting would mean that when the programs are forced to change, the change would have to be sudden and harsh.” Read the whole thing.

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